Frederic Cattaneo of France, Britain’s Alex Jewitt and Emmy Kaiser of USA were among those to secure significant first round men’s and women’s singles victories on Wednesday at the Florida Open, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, while South Africa’s world No. 11 Lucas Sithole and Canada’s Gary Luker won the stand out matches in the quad singles in Boca Raton.
As the second Super Series tournament of 2012 got underway, world No. 11 Cattaneo was forced to come from a set down against his countryman Frederic Cazeaudumec, but after two close sets Cattaneo finished their opening men’s singles match much the strongest, progressing 57 64 60. Cattaneo now faces another of his compatriots, sixth seed Michael Jeremiasz, who also survived a potentially difficult first round to beat rising Japanese star Takashi Sanada 63 75.
Cattaneo and Jeremiasz join fellow Frenchman Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer in the second round in the bottom half of the draw, which also contains Sweden’s Stefan Olsson, world No. 1 junior Gustavo Fernandez, Tom Egberink of the Netherlands and Poland’s Tadeusz Kruszelnicki. Seventh seed Olsson accounted for Britain’s Gordon Reid 61 62, meaning there will be no repeat of Reid’s progression to the quarterfinals of last week’s Pensacola Open.
Reid was joined in the last eight in Pensacola by Australia’s Adam Kellerman came through a tense opening match in Boca Raton against Britain’s Marc McCarroll to advance 64 76(5). After twice beating Dutch world No. 6 Robin Ammerlaan this season, Kellerman now faces another Dutch challenge when he plays world No. 4 Ronald Vink.
However, arguably the most significant result belonged to world No. 43 Alex Jewitt after the Briton defeated Japan’s world No. 18 Yoshinobu Fujimoto to 63 63 to book a place in the last 16 against another Japanese opponent, world No. 9 Satoshi Saida. Saida had a tough first round draw, but won through 63 75 against Belgium’s Joachim Gerard.
Elsewhere, Canada’s Joel Dembe beat Brazil’s Mauricio Pomme in three sets, prevailing 64 46 61 to earn a meeting with world No. 1 Maikel Scheffers after the Dutchman opened his Florida Open title defence with a 60 60 victory over Albin Batycki of Poland.
Kaiser defeats Kruger
World No. 22 Emmy Kaiser won the match of the day in the women’s singles, defeating Germany’s world No. 11 Katharina Kruger 64 67(4) 62 to set up a second round contest against Australian eighth seed Daniela di Toro.
With all eight women’s seeds having first round byes, the remaining matches to be played also saw Chile’s Francisca Mardones and Japan’s Miho Nijo advance through qualifying into the main draw, where Mardones beat Nijo 64 60.
Parapan American Games gold medallist Mackenzie Soldan also came through qualifying before a 63 61 loss to former Florida Open semifinalist Lucy Shuker. Soldan’s predecessor as Parapan American Games champion, Kaitlyn Verfuerth, was another to progress through qualifying before she also bowed out. Vefruerth lost to Chile’s Maria Anotnieta Ortiz, who contests the Florida Open just days after winning her first ITF 2 Series title at the Minas Open in Brazil and goes on to meet world No. 3 Jiske Griffioen.
Yuko Okabe will join seventh seed Yui Kamiji in representing Japan in the second round after recovering well to win her opening match against Colombia’s Johana Martinez 26 62 63. Okae faces world No. 2 Aniek vat Koot next, while world No. 1 Esther Vergeer will open her title defence against Korea’s Ju-Yeon Park.
Sithole edges past Moroishi
Sithole edged out Japan’s Mitsuteru Moroishi as the quad singles started. Sithole’s 76(4) 75 victory earns him a second round match against seventh seed Anders Hard. Hard was one of the eight seeded players to have first round byes and will be joined in the second round by his compatriot Marcus Jonsson
It was a good day for the Canadian players, with Gary Luker defeating USA’s David Jordan 63 16 64 to earn a second round match against British fourth seed Andrew Lapthorne, while Sarah Hunter beat American Greg Hasterok 63 62. Hunter plays world No. 2 Noam Gershony in the second round, while Adrian Dieleman beat Francois Trawalter 63 64 to book his place in the second round against world No. 2 David Wagner.
World No. 1 Peter Norfolk will open his title defence against Chile’s Pablo Araya, who beat Japan’s Takashi Nagaoka 64 63.
Japan’s Takahiro Koga and Shota Kawano completed the second round line-up in the quad singles, with Kawano’s upcoming match against American eight seed Bryan Barten potentially the pick of the matches in the last 16.